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European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG

John Patton, Carmen Brewer, Wade Chien, Jennifer J Johnston, Andrew J Griffith, Leslie G Biesecker
Variants in the unconventional myosin gene, MYO1A, have been reported to cause non-syndromic sensorineural hearing loss with a pattern of autosomal dominant inheritance. Others have challenged this association. We used a genotypic ascertainment study design to test the association of MYO1A variants with hearing loss. We evaluated MYO1A variants from a cohort of 951 individuals with exome sequencing who were not ascertained for hearing loss. Five individuals had one of two variants claimed to be associated with sensorineural hearing loss in a prior study and 33 individuals had one of 13 predicted deleterious variants...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Ahmad Alodaib, Nara Sobreira, Wendy A Gold, Lisa G Riley, Nicole J Van Bergen, Meredith J Wilson, Bruce Bennetts, David R Thorburn, Corinne Boehm, John Christodoulou
Recent advances in next-generation sequencing strategies have led to the discovery of many novel disease genes. We describe here a non-consanguineous family with two affected boys presenting with early onset of severe axonal neuropathy, optic atrophy, intellectual disability, auditory neuropathy and chronic respiratory and gut disturbances. Whole-exome sequencing (WES) was performed on all family members and we identified compound heterozygous variants (c.[760C>A];[1528G>C];p.[(Gln254Lys);(Ala510Pro)] in the polyribonucleotide nucleotidyltransferase 1 (PNPT1) gene in both affected individuals...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Fanny Morice-Picard, Giovanni Benard, Hamid R Rezvani, Eulalie Lasseaux, Delphine Simon, Sébastien Moutton, Caroline Rooryck, Didier Lacombe, Clarisse Baumann, Benoit Arveiler
The ubiquitin-proteasome pathway is involved in the pathogenesis of several neurogenetic diseases. We describe a Mauritanian patient harboring a homozygous deletion restricted to two contiguous genes HERC2 and OCA2 and presenting with severe developmental abnormalities. The deletion causes the complete loss of HERC2 protein function, an E3-ubiquitin ligase. HERC2 is known to target XPA and BRCA1 for degradation and a mechanism whereby it is involved in DNA repair and cell cycle regulation. We showed that loss of HERC2 function leads to the accumulation of XPA and BRCA1 in the patient's fibroblasts and generates decreased sensitivity to apoptosis and increased level of DNA repair...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Aditi Gupta, Garima Juyal, Ajit Sood, Vandana Midha, Keiko Yamazaki, Arnau Vich Vila, Motohiro Esaki, Toshiyuki Matsui, Atsushi Takahashi, Michiaki Kubo, Rinse K Weersma, B K Thelma
The first ever genome-wide association study (GWAS) of ulcerative colitis in genetically distinct north Indian population identified two novel genes namely CFB and SLC44A4. Considering their biological relevance, we investigated allelic/genetic heterogeneity in these genes among ulcerative colitis cohorts of north Indian, Japanese and Dutch origin using high-density ImmunoChip case-control genotype data. Comparative linkage disequilibrium profiling and test of association were performed. Of the 28 CFB SNPs, similar strength of association was observed for rs4151657 (novel ulcerative colitis GWAS SNP) in north Indians (P=1...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Maria Coakley, Vicki Cleary, Nicholas Power, Seamus O'Reilly
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October 19, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Justyna A Karolak, Tomasz Gambin, Jose A Pitarque, Andrea Molinari, Shalini Jhangiani, Pawel Stankiewicz, James R Lupski, Marzena Gajecka
Keratoconus (KTCN) is a protrusion and thinning of the cornea, resulting in impairment of visual function. The extreme genetic heterogeneity makes it difficult to discover factors unambiguously influencing the KTCN phenotype. In this study, we used whole-exome sequencing (WES) and Sanger sequencing to reduce the number of candidate genes at the 5q31.1-q35.3 locus and to prioritize other potentially relevant variants in an Ecuadorian family with KTCN. We applied WES in two affected KTCN individuals from the Ecuadorian family that showed a suggestive linkage between the KTCN phenotype and the 5q31...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Luisa Azevedo, Matthew Mort, Antonio C Costa, Raquel M Silva, Dulce Quelhas, Antonio Amorim, David N Cooper
Understanding the functional sequelae of amino-acid replacements is of fundamental importance in medical genetics. Perhaps, the most intuitive way to assess the potential pathogenicity of a given human missense variant is by measuring the degree of evolutionary conservation of the substituted amino-acid residue, a feature that generally serves as a good proxy metric for the functional/structural importance of that residue. However, the presence of putatively compensated variants as the wild-type alleles in orthologous proteins of other mammalian species not only challenges this classical view of amino-acid essentiality but also precludes the accurate evaluation of the functional impact of this type of missense variant using currently available bioinformatic prediction tools...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Angèle Gayet-Ageron, Sandrine Rudaz, Thomas Perneger
The objectives of the study were to assess patients' intent to participate in a hospital-based biobank and to explore the factors associated with higher participation. A 23-item questionnaire was developed to survey a random sample of patients in a Swiss university hospital. Two vignettes describing hypothetical biobanks were incorporated in the survey and patients were asked whether they would agree to participate. Three factors were randomly manipulated in each vignette using a factorial design: cancer-oriented research vs general consent, one vs several reviews of the patient's chart, and genetic vs blood protein analyses (first vignette); blood sample vs oral swabbing, local vs international project, and a follow-up visit vs no visit (second vignette)...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Pinar Tulay, Alpesh Doshi, Paul Serhal, Sioban B SenGupta
Gene expression from both parental genomes is required for completion of embryogenesis. Differential methylation of each parental genome has been observed in mouse and human preimplantation embryos. It is possible that these differences in methylation affect the level of gene transcripts from each parental genome in early developing embryos. The aim of this study was to investigate if there is a parent-specific pattern of BRCA1 expression in human embryos and to examine if this affects embryo development when the embryo carries a BRCA1 or BRCA2 pathogenic mutation...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Stephanie O M Dyke, Emily Kirby, Mahsa Shabani, Adrian Thorogood, Kazuto Kato, Bartha M Knoppers
We propose a standard model for a novel data access tier - registered access - to facilitate access to data that cannot be published in open access archives owing to ethical and legal risk. Based on an analysis of applicable research ethics and other legal and administrative frameworks, we discuss the general characteristics of this Registered Access Model, which would comprise a three-stage approval process: Authentication, Attestation and Authorization. We are piloting registered access with the Demonstration Projects of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health for which it may provide a suitable mechanism for access to certain data types and to different types of data users...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Sonia Emperador, M Pilar Bayona-Bafaluy, Ana Fernández-Marmiesse, Mercedes Pineda, Blanca Felgueroso, Ester López-Gallardo, Rafael Artuch, Iria Roca, Eduardo Ruiz-Pesini, María Luz Couce, Julio Montoya
Oxidative phosphorylation dysfunction has been found in many different disorders. This biochemical pathway depends on mitochondrial protein synthesis. Thus, mutations in components of the mitochondrial translation system can be responsible for some of these pathologies. We identified a new homozygous missense mutation in the mitochondrial translation elongation factor Ts gene in a patient suffering from slowly progressive childhood ataxia and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Using cell, biochemical and molecular-genetic protocols, we confirm it as the etiologic factor of this phenotype...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Sanne van der Hout, Kim Ca Holtkamp, Lidewij Henneman, Guido de Wert, Wybo J Dondorp
Expanded universal carrier screening (EUCS) entails a twofold expansion of long-standing (preconception) carrier screening programmes: it not only allows the simultaneous screening of a large list of diseases ('expanded'), but also refers to a pan-ethnic screening offer ('universal'). Advocates mention three main moral advantages of EUCS as compared with traditional (targeted and/or ancestry-based) forms of carrier screening: EUCS will (1) maximise opportunities for autonomous reproductive choice by informing prospective parents about a much wider array of reproductive risks; (2) provide equity of access to carrier testing services; (3) reduce the risk of stigmatisation...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Koldo Garcia-Etxebarria, Amaia Jauregi-Miguel, Irati Romero-Garmendia, Leticia Plaza-Izurieta, Maria Legarda, Iñaki Irastorza, Jose Ramon Bilbao
To identify candidate genes in celiac disease (CD), we reanalyzed the whole Immunochip CD cohort using a different approach that clusters individuals based on immunoancestry prior to disease association analysis, rather than by geographical origin. We detected 636 new associated SNPs (P<7.02 × 10(-07)) and identified 5 novel genomic regions, extended 8 others previously identified and also detected 18 isolated signals defined by one or very few significant SNPs. To test whether we could identify putative candidate genes, we performed expression analyses of several genes from the top novel region (chr2:134533564-136169524), from a previously identified locus that is now extended, and a gene marked by an isolated SNP, in duodenum biopsies of active and treated CD patients, and non-celiac controls...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Mats Hansson
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September 21, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Kate Wolfe, André Strydom, Deborah Morrogh, Jennifer Carter, Peter Cutajar, Mo Eyeoyibo, Angela Hassiotis, Jane McCarthy, Raja Mukherjee, Dimitrios Paschos, Nagarajan Perumal, Stephen Read, Rohit Shankar, Saif Sharif, Suchithra Thirulokachandran, Johan H Thygesen, Christine Patch, Caroline Ogilvie, Frances Flinter, Andrew McQuillin, Nick Bass
Chromosomal copy-number variations (CNVs) are a class of genetic variants highly implicated in the aetiology of neurodevelopmental disorders, including intellectual disabilities (ID), schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Yet the majority of adults with idiopathic ID presenting to psychiatric services have not been tested for CNVs. We undertook genome-wide chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) of 202 adults with idiopathic ID recruited from community and in-patient ID psychiatry services across England...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Maria Victoria Fernández, Kathleen Black, David Carrell, Ben Saef, John Budde, Yuetiva Deming, Bill Howells, Jorge L Del-Aguila, Shengmei Ma, Catherine Bi, Joanne Norton, Rachel Chasse, John Morris, Alison Goate, Carlos Cruchaga
The accumulation of the toxic Aβ peptide in Alzheimer's disease (AD) largely relies upon an efficient recycling of amyloid precursor protein (APP). Recent genetic association studies have described rare variants in SORL1 with putative pathogenic consequences in the recycling of APP. In this work, we examine the presence of rare coding variants in SORL1 in three different European American cohorts: early-onset, late-onset AD (LOAD) and familial LOAD.European Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication, 21 September 2016; doi:10...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Makiko Tsutsumi, Setsuri Yokoi, Fuyuki Miya, Masafumi Miyata, Mitsuhiro Kato, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Mami Yamasaki, Yonehiro Kanemura, Kenjiro Kosaki, Shinji Saitoh, Hiroki Kurahashi
It has been well documented that variants in genes encoding centrosomal proteins cause primary autosomal recessive microcephaly, although the association between centrosomal defects and the etiology of microcephaly syndromes is not fully understood. Polo-like kinase 4 (PLK4) is one of the centrosomal proteins required for centriole duplication. We here describe a patient with microcephaly and chorioretinopathy that harbors compound heterozygous missense variants, c.[442A>G]; [2336G>A], in the PLK4 gene...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Brunilda Dhamo, Willem Fennis, Marijn Créton, Strahinja Vucic, Marco Cune, Hans Kristian Ploos van Amstel, Eppo B Wolvius, Marie-José van den Boogaard, Edwin M Ongkosuwito
In this study we aimed to determine the effect of WNT10A variants on dental development in patients with oligodontia. Forty-three (25 boys and 18 girls) individuals were eligible for this study. Stage of development for each present tooth was assessed using the Demirjian method. In case no corresponding tooth was present, regression equations were applied for dental age to be calculated. The ratio between length of root and length of crown was ascertained for each present tooth in all quadrants. All patients were physically examined by a clinical geneticist and DNA analysis of the WNT10A gene was performed...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Sofie Lindgren Christiansen, Christin Løth Hertz, Laura Ferrero-Miliani, Morten Dahl, Peter Ejvin Weeke, LuCamp, Gyda Lolk Ottesen, Rune Frank-Hansen, Henning Bundgaard, Niels Morling
In forensic medicine, one-third of the sudden deaths remain unexplained after medico-legal autopsy. A major proportion of these sudden unexplained deaths (SUD) are considered to be caused by inherited cardiac diseases. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) may be the first manifestation of these diseases. The purpose of this study was to explore the yield of next-generation sequencing of genes associated with SCD in a cohort of SUD victims. We investigated 100 genes associated with cardiac diseases in 61 young (1-50 years) SUD cases...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Liena E O Elsayed, Inaam N Mohammed, Ahlam A A Hamed, Maha A Elseed, Adam Johnson, Mathilde Mairey, Hassab Elrasoul S A Mohamed, Mohamed N Idris, Mustafa A M Salih, Sarah M El-Sadig, Mahmoud E Koko, Ashraf Y O Mohamed, Laure Raymond, Marie Coutelier, Frédéric Darios, Rayan A Siddig, Ahmed K M A Ahmed, Arwa M A Babai, Hiba M O Malik, Zulfa M B M Omer, Eman O E Mohamed, Hanan B Eltahir, Nasr Aldin A Magboul, Elfatih E Bushara, Abdelrahman Elnour, Salah M Abdel Rahim, Abdelmoneim Alattaya, Mustafa I Elbashir, Muntaser E Ibrahim, Alexandra Durr, Anjon Audhya, Alexis Brice, Ammar E Ahmed, Giovanni Stevanin
Hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSP) are the second most common type of motor neuron disease recognized worldwide. We investigated a total of 25 consanguineous families from Sudan. We used next-generation sequencing to screen 74 HSP-related genes in 23 families. Linkage analysis and candidate gene sequencing was performed in two other families. We established a genetic diagnosis in six families with autosomal recessive HSP (SPG11 in three families and TFG/SPG57, SACS and ALS2 in one family each). A heterozygous mutation in a gene involved in an autosomal dominant HSP (ATL1/SPG3A) was also identified in one additional family...
September 7, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
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